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Medusa Jones

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  227 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
It's off to ancient Greece for a split-your-side funny take on the politics of junior-high popularity.

In ancient Greece lived a little girl called Medusa Jones. Medusa was a Gorgon, but apart from that, pretty normal. So she has snakes for hair instead of gorgeous blond ringlets like Cassandra. So her best friend is half horse. Is that any reason for the popular kids to be
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Camilla Maro
Mar 08, 2012 Camilla Maro rated it liked it
Medusa Jones by Ross Collins is a funny book incorporated with some Greek mythology. Medusa Jones is a girl in Rome very unpopular because of her hair, doesn't fit in and gets picked on everyday at school. But after a school field trip she becomes a hero by helping save her worst enemy and one of her best friend. Other than that Medusa is very kind, outgoing, and a good friend. Medusa's best friend, Chiron, is a centaur which means half horse, half human. Chiron is heroic, kind and loving. He is ...more
Dec 31, 2007 Betsy rated it really liked it
I read a lot of "meaningful" books without wanting to. When you review books for children there's a sort of assumption that if you want to be familiar with the cream of the yearly crop then you need to immerse yourself in a smattering of dead moms, deadbeat dads, anger issues, historical fiction, etc. And that's all well and good for a while, but after months and months of it, a person begins to crack. Maybe, just maybe, I should read something fun and funny and well written and just downright b ...more
Shannon Kitchen
May 10, 2010 Shannon Kitchen rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up thinking I needed something to booktalk for our FLYP programs. I thought it fit in with the whole Greek-mythology craze that is going on. I loved it!

Medusas a preteen who is experiencing a constant Bad-Hair-Day. To make matters worse, she goes to school with the Champions, the sons and daughters of the gods. They tease her and her friends, a centaur and a minotaur, mercilessly. Obviously, she's not thrilled when they're all forced to take a hiking trip together to the top
Sep 15, 2013 Jacoba rated it liked it
Medusa Jones by Ross Collins (2008)
Genre: Juvenile Chapter Book
Format: Book
Plot summary:In ancient Greece, Medusa Jones, a gorgon, and her friends, a minotaur and a centaur, are mocked and sneered at by the other Acropolis Academy children whose parents are kings and gods, but when they go on a school camping trip together, the "freaks" become true heroes.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.)
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Apr 27, 2012 Georgia rated it really liked it
i would have enjoyed this book a lot more if everyone had been a bit,just a bit,nicer to medusa and her friends. even there teacher was mean to them! other wise this book was good ,but deffenetly not the best book i've read.
When Medusa and her friends ,Mino the minotor and Chiron the centuer, have to go on a field trip to mount Olympus with the Champions, these freaks become true heros.
Feb 02, 2016 Belle rated it it was amazing
This book is so important to me because this was the book that got me interested in Greek mythology. If I didn't read this book I would probably not be the person I am today.
Feb 18, 2009 Shel rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Collins, R. (2008). Medusa Jones. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.

137 pages.

Appetizer: Medusa Jones is teased and bullied by the champions at her school. She just wants to be normal, but having snakes on your head pretty much makes that impossible. And no matter how much she begs, her parents won't let her turn the bullies to stone. (Annoying parents.)

Along with her friends and fellow outsiders, Chiron and Mino, Medusa must go on a camping trip with the Champions on Mount Olympus. The question
Bridget Allebach
Title: Medusa Jones
Author: Ross Collins
Genre: Myth
Theme(s): Friendship, Mythology
Opening line/sentence: “PLEEEAASE can I turn them to stone? Medusa begged.”
Brief Book Summary: Medusa is a girl who has snakes for hair and a best friend who’s half horse, which causes her to be made fun of quite often. When her school takes a camping trip she is very worried that it’s going to be a complete nightmare but instead she turns into the hero saving the “popular” crowd.
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Sep 19, 2008 Tim rated it liked it
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Abby Johnson
Feb 13, 2008 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
In this sweet, funny chapter book, Medusa Jones asks her parents (just like she does every day) if she can turn the Champions into stone. As always, they say no. The Champions (Perseus, Cassandra, and Theseus) are the popular clique at her school... and they live to torture the "freaks". They tease Medusa mercilessly for having snakes for hair. They also tease her best friends Chiron (centaur) and Mino (minotaur), but Medusa is their favorite. Medusa is completely fed up with their taunts, but t ...more
Barb Middleton
Feb 13, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Medusa Jones is being bullied at school by the popular kids. Her parents don’t help much with solving the problem and the teachers at school are disrespectful bullies themselves. Medusa goes on a camping trip with the popular kids and when they get in trouble she and her friends have to decide whether or not to help them.

The illustrations in this book are well-done but the story is not well-written. There are cliches and the plot is random and predictable. I’m not sure what the chapter on Medusa
Feb 22, 2008 babyhippoface rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-fiction, fantasy
Perhaps I wasn't in the right mood for this one. I just found the writing simplistic, even for an early chapter book, and I didn't like the ending. At all. It actually made me do a double-take. Sorta ruined the whole book for me. (Why do THIS if you're just gonna do THAT? Anyway.) Plus, those champions were real pains in the neck.

The illustrations, on the other hand, were absolutely terrific, with the exception of Medusa's nose. Really bothered me. It looked like a wooden puppet nose just stuck
Miss Ryoko
Jul 06, 2011 Miss Ryoko rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5

I had a hard time picking a rating for this book. While it was a quick, easy read with some wit now and again, the story has been done many times before. So here I am feeling a bit conflicted because I didn't mind the story, and I really enjoyed the illustrations (especially Mino! He's so cute and adorable!) but the fact the story was so predictable because it's been done so many times made me go a little "Well, that was cute... but really?"

So, overall, it's not a bad book. It'
Feb 28, 2009 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: j, not-graphic, fantasy, life, light
A long time ago in Ancient Greece, lived a little girl named Medusa Jones. Medusa was a Gorgon. But apart from that, pretty normal.


"Please can I turn them to stone?" Medusa begged.

"It's not the polite thing to do, dear," said Medusa's mom.

"They're not polite," Medusa said. "They were mean about my hair again today."

"Sticks and stones, Medusa," said Medusa's mom. "You can't go turning everyone who's mean about your hair to stone."

"Gran did." Medusa scowled.

"Gran is insane and lives in a cave
Sep 06, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
Our fascination with all things pertaining to Greek mythology continues and we are reading everything that our oldest can find. This is a fun story that adds a youthful sweetness to scary characters like Medusa and Cerberus, something that I thought would be difficult to do. In fact, Medusa is the hero of the story, along with Chiron and Mino (as in the Minotaur), while the Champions (Theseus, Perseus, and Cassandra) are mean and spiteful bullies who also happen to be popular and good looking. A ...more
Mar 19, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s, 2011
I picked this up in the elementary school library, hoping that this would be a modern spin based on mythology. While Medusa was a pretty interesting character and I loved the portrayal of her snakes, the overall story was pretty lame. The Champions bully Medusa and her friends; the class has a field trip on Mount Olympus. The characters were not necessarily portrayed consistently with the mythology. The bully-bullied relationship was very two-dimensional and doesn't really serve as a guide or le ...more
Jun 28, 2008 Chrissy rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-s-stuff
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Jun 23, 2010 Pam rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
The audience for this book is rather small -- young readers who have in-depth knowledge of gorgons, Greek pantheon, and ancient mythology. Collins imagines a world where Medusa with her unkempt snake hair is a child and attending school with the other creatures from Greek mythology (the children of the gods and goddesses) as well as Chiron and even her puppy the 3-headed Cerberus. As you can imagine Medusa is part of the "odd" crowd and that poses problems for her in her status-conscious school. ...more
Sep 24, 2010 Maryanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidschapterbooks
Medusa Jones is teased for her snakey hair and the rumors that she can turn people into stone. This is a great choice for programs on bullying - I read a chapter of it to a group of 4th and 5th graders because this month the school I'm working at has an anti-bullying program going on and the kids ate it up. It's very similar to the Percy Jackson series in that it looks at Greek mythological characters with a contemporary twist. It's also not at all condescending or pandering in how it approaches ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it
Another that we read as a family. My younger children, (10 and under), loved it and thought that it was hilarious. I think that was the audience it was written for. I do have to say, even my teenagers keep quoting parts of the book. Mostly the descriptions of crazy Granny Medusa. It was a fine book to read to the kids.

This is the story of Medusa's granddaughter. She has the awesome, hair, but not the crazy temperament. It is a short chapter book, written at the fourth grade level, about Medusa t
Jun 19, 2009 Hilary rated it liked it
Medusa, and her two friends, Chiron, and Mino (short for Minotaur) and sent on a camping trip to Mount Olympus with "the Champions", the class bullies, and their freaky attributes help them to save the day. Humor is abundant in this early chapter book, but strange accents, and unfamiliar objects (igneous, carpetbag, carnies...) may make this unreachable for all but the most precocious beginning chapter book readers. Perhaps it's a good fit for those who can't get enough of Percy Jackson, or thos ...more
May 21, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it
I thought this was absolutely endearing! Who knew a head full of snakes could actually be cute? I loved how this ancient tale was given a modern day twist - peer pressure, cliques, fashion angst, et cetera. This book serves as a fine example in pointing out why "Being Unique Rules"! The illustrations in this short book are dead on - simple, yet say so much. My only regret was the surprise ending - I believe I would have given this one five stars if the "surprise" had been alleviated altogether. ...more
Mar 05, 2010 Abby rated it it was amazing
I thought personally that it was a fantastic book knowing that I love fiction books!! Why? You might ask, well it was basically all about a little girl about my age (9) and she wanted to turn the bullies at school into stone which I thought was hilarious because that's just such funny kid humor!!!! So again I ranked it a 5 because it just was a hillarious and well written book! I really loved it! it made me laugh and I got connected to it!

By Abby Tevis

age 9
Feb 15, 2011 Nathanpd96 rated it really liked it
Medusa Jones is being bullied at school by the champions. The champions are Perseus, Theseus, and Casandra. The champions bully everyone. They love to bully medusa and her friends. Medusa's friends are Chiron and the Minotaur. They end up going on a field trip together and Medusa and her friends end up saving the champions.
I liked that they made two of the monsters of greek myths to good little kids. I didn't like that no one was nice to medusa. I liked how she wanted to turn them to stone. Her
Sep 08, 2008 Allanna rated it liked it
In the style of Pandora Gets Jealous, this is a very fun and cute story of Medusa -- her trouble at school with "The Champions," the popular clique of Theseus, Perseus, and Cassandra, who make Medusa's and her friends' lives a pain; her three-headed puppy, Cerebus, her family's problem with postmen ... and a terrible school camping trip.

A fun mix of basics of ancient mythology and modern-day problems. A short, fast read.
Very, very cute, with wonderful pencil drawings that help bring the story to life. It's a little bizarre to read about Medusa, Chiron and Minotaur helping the same beings who, mythologically-speaking, destroy them in adulthood. Not to mention that the various characters don't exactly match their historical stories. All the same, the story is clever, well-told and has a great little moral at the end.
David prieto
Feb 09, 2015 David prieto rated it it was amazing
Do you want a funny action inriched book then this is the book for you! It tells an amazing story about a girl named medusa who has snake for hair and her trip to mount Olympus with her odd friends Mino the minitaur and chiron the boy thats half a horse and how they get bullied buy greedy kids named the champions. It tells a story about what lroblems they face and who ends up helping her bullies if you want to find out how or why then you better read this book!
May 14, 2010 Emma rated it it was amazing
i thought it was very good and this is why!
as i began to read i could feel how she felt that people where making fun of her. but as she tried to takethe way the made of of her (they=kids=the populars) she tried a hat everything it was a wonderful book i love how the ending was that everything was ok no one excepted for the parnts of the populars got mad i give it 5 stars and thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Jan 04, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidlit
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Apr 16, 2008 Joenna rated it it was amazing
Cute fiction book. Medusa lives during the ancient Greek period and has snakes for hair (kind of freaked me out at first). The Champions, or popular kids at school, make fun of her endlessly. On a school field trip, Medusa comes to the rescue of the Champions and is no longer an outcast in the community.
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Ross was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1972.
He would eat anything and resembled a currant bun.

As he grew up he was fond of drawing, the Bionic Man and precariously swinging backwards on chairs.

He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994 with a First in Illustration. In the same year he won the MacMillan Children's Book Prize an achievement that opened many doors in the Big Smoke.

Ross then s
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